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Head Coaching Search Continues In Pittsburgh

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

“The guy I had is going to go in a different direction,” general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday afternoon.

Rutherford had said Thursday the coaching search was “coming to an end” and that he decided on one of eight candidates to interview for the job.

Rutherford declined to identify his chosen candidate.

Team and league sources said Rutherford spent Thursday night and Friday morning meeting with Willie Desjardins, a minor-league coach with only two years of experience as an NHL assistant. Topics discussed included assistant coaches, contract length and Desjardin's possible salary, the sources said.

“We couldn't make it work,” Rutherford said, adding he will start another coaching search next week.

“I'm going to take the weekend to sort some things out,” Rutherford said.

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awould's avatar

FAIL.

Doesn’t seem like something you’d want to broadcast to the world if you’re Rutherford.

Posted by awould on 06/20/14 at 02:15 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

Gotta imagine that starting out in what looks to be a “complicated” ownership/managment relationship was not the situation that Dejardins deemed ideal for the longevity of a new head coach.

Posted by Hootinani on 06/20/14 at 02:26 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Rutherford suddenly sounds like a pushover for the Pens’ ownership group.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/20/14 at 02:27 PM ET

awould's avatar

Rutherford suddenly sounds like a pushover for the Pens’ ownership group.

I think that is item 1 of his job description and was probably the primary topic in his interview.

Posted by awould on 06/20/14 at 02:41 PM ET

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Remind me why Mike Babcock is supposedly dying to coach for a team that’s less attractive than freaking Vancouver to Wille Desjardins?

Oh, because Pens fans are delusional?  Is that why?

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/20/14 at 02:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Remind me why Mike Babcock is supposedly dying to coach for a team that’s less attractive than freaking Vancouver to Wille Desjardins?

Oh, because Pens fans are delusional?  Is that why?

Posted by captaineclectic on 06/20/14 at 03:50 PM ET

Toronto.

Posted by SYF from Alana Blanchard's Bikinis and Surfboards on 06/20/14 at 03:00 PM ET

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Canucks offered longer contract and less headaches. No brainer.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/20/14 at 03:16 PM ET

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Canucks offered longer contract and less headaches

Longer contract?  Probably.  Less headaches?  Vancouver’s ownership/GM/whatever-Linden-is situation isn’t exactly rock solid.

Posted by Garth on 06/21/14 at 11:57 AM ET

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